20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
In this particular chapter, Jesus and His disciples have had a very busy day, ministering to a great crowd. In verse 21, we notice that Jesus has gotten so busy that his friends attempt to stop Him; And they accuse Him of being crazy for not ceasing to minister to the multitude, when the fact was that Jesus knew His earthly ministry was only for a short time, so He had a passion for it.
Now I don’t know who has ever wanted to put a sign on their forehead that reads,” I Am Not Crazy”
One of the reasons we battle with that, is because in our culture we don’t have an appreciation for differences. For example, there is a racial divide within our society now, and it’s not just that. We are also divided based on personalities.
I recently read a book by Dr. Annette Wagner. The book is about quietness, and talks about people who are introverts.
The author explains how America strategically started pushing people to be extroverts; And started minimizing an appreciation for people who are introverts.
As I interact with others, in the ministry, they find it hard to believe when I tell them I am introverted. I feel most relaxed and I reboot, when I’m by myself, or just riding in my car looking at nature.
So there are a lot of people who feel like if they are talkative and outgoing, other people will view them as loud and boisterous. Then there are those who have a more withdrawn personality, who are sometimes viewed as being “stuck up” or “sometimey.”
The fact of the matter is that we are all different, and if we don’t learn to appreciate each other’s differences; We will end up mistreating others and devaluing ourselves.
There is a difference between being an anchor and being a sail. Sails help with direction. They are out front, and catch the wind. An anchor drops into a spot, and can hold things securely. Without an anchor, sails would get blown over and drift away. But the thing is, without the sail, all the anchor is; is stuck. We gotta have both.
I Corinthians 12 tells us that; everybody is not going to be the eye, everybody’s not going to be the hand, everybody’s not going to be the foot, but whatever we are is needed.
If we ever feel stuck, we need to do a little spiritual health check: Am I praying and worshipping? Am I serving and giving out, using my gifts and talents?
The Word says that the hand can’t say to the foot, “You are not valuable.” Therefore, what we must do is declare to ourselves, “I am not crazy. I may be different, but there’s nothing wrong with different.” We are all different by divine design.
Now let’s be clear, we will have to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in “fine tuning” our personalities, so that we can function in a variety of settings; And above all else honor God in our actions.
Getting back to the text, Jesus’ friends genuinely thought they were helping when they attempted to pull Him away from the crowd, but they truly didn’t understand. Jesus wasn’t crazy. And I want you to know that you are not crazy for: seeing fulfillment in taking care of your family. Likewise, you are not crazy for being passionate in ministering the Gospel, or for having a hart to want to share whatever gifts and talents you have with the world, to make it a better place and glorify God.
The key thing is to always keep God first; And to embrace the divine uniqueness He has placed within you. You are not crazy, so celebrate the greatness that the Lord has placed within you, and within others.
By Rosie S. O’neal